Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printing Materials: Choosing the Right Material for Your Application

3D printing has matured over the last decade, due in large part to the breadth of available materials. Additive manufacturing now offers many of the thermoplastics and metals found in traditional manufacturing. With so many options, choosing the right material for your application is crucial. Read the latest white paper from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to learn what factors to consider when selecting your material.

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3D Printing of Aerospace Parts: A Real Solution with Real Benefits

Innovation in aerospace is accelerating, advancing frontiers at the component and product levels in manufacturing operations, rethinking supply chains and, in some cases, at the business model level. Parts can now be created with complex geometries and shapes that, in many cases, are impossible to create without 3D printing. Low aerospace volumes make 3D printing an attractive, lower-cost alternative to replace conventional CNC machining and other tooling processes for smaller-scale parts and finished assemblies. Aerospace innovators are embracing 3D printing beyond prototyping, and are aggressively pursuing new applications for the technology. This white paper describes how the aerospace industry can reap the many benefits of 3D printing to reduce expenses associated with time, waste, and productivity.

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Sphere Versus 45°/0° Versus Multi-angle: A Discussion Of Industrial Use Cases

With over 150 years of combined experience, the leader in the color management business, X-Rite Pantone will help you define, specify, measure and manage accurate color across the entire color supply chain. Right the first time, right every time.

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Products of Tomorrow: April 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today. This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. If you are interested in licensing the technologies described here, use the contact information provided. To learn about more available technologies, visit the NASA Technology Transfer Portal at http://technology.nasa.gov.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Joining & Assembly, Optical Components, Optics

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Precision Measurement and Inspection Ensure Quality of SLS Rocket Panels

Reverse engineering and inspection software Verisurf Software Anaheim, CA 714-970-1683 www.verisurf.com In spaceflight, the first eight minutes are critical. This is when the greatest opposing forces of thrust and gravity are impacting the launch vehicle. The new NASA Space Launch System (SLS) will weigh 5.5 million pounds at liftoff, or roughly the weight of eight fully loaded 747 jets. Everything comes down to weight and the integrity of design and fabrication to insure success. Today, it costs $10,000 to send one pound of payload into orbit; since the entire launch vehicle makes the trip to low-Earth orbit, its net weight is a big consideration. The lighter the launch vehicle, the greater the payload can be.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Lasers & Laser Systems, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Mathematical/Scientific Software

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PLC-Based Robotic Controls Versus OEM Robotic Controls

As more manufacturing facilities and distribution centers discover the benefits of robotic material handling solutions, the decision of how best to control the robot must be made. While robot original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) offer their own tightly integrated controller, recent developments have enabled control by a Programmable Logic Controller, or PLC. For facilities where PLC-based controls are already used in other machine control applications, the benefits of using one for the robot as well may be a wiser choice than the OEM controller. Let’s review PLC-based robotic control to help you determine if it’s the best choice for your application.

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SWaP-C and Why Your Component Partner Matters

Is SWaP-C important to your project? Then working with the right contract manufacturer is critical to your success. From knowing the unique requirements of military requirements to having the capabilities to maximize component functionality, the right partner for your project can help you decrease the size, weight, power and cost of your electronics. Discover how to select the right partner and what questions to ask in our white paper, “SWaP-C and Why Your Component Partner Matters.” Download it now and learn techniques for ensuring that your next project is a successful one.

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